Fever Pitch

I noticed today in Entertainment Weekly a little blurb about Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon looking at Fever Pitch as a possible film vehicle.

My question is, Why? No, the Colin Firth/Ruth Gemmell film isn’t particularly well known, but it’s adequate, it hits its notes, and it’s, well, English. I’m having a hard time picturing this story translating to something with Drew Barrymore. High Fidelity mostly survived a trans-Atlantic transplanting, but would Fever Pitch? There’s not a sport on this side of the pond that has anywhere near the social impact of soccer. I mean, if the filmmakers replaced soccer with football, why that’s something totally different.


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